The Artist as Alice- Portrait of A Photographers Life

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Darcy Cummings

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Poetry. “This lyric sequence derives its allusive resonance from parallels in its protagonist’s early life with the biography of Alice Liddell, the young Oxford cleric’s daughter who inspired the Lewis Carroll classic… This Alice, however… transforms into the woman the historical Alice might have become had she married younger, moved with a cold and unsympathetic professor husband to Boston, given birth to daughters and lost a son to diphtheria, then become a photographer and artist after her husband’s death, writing with light the same intricate interweavings as those which subtly coil the reader in the poet’s web of words”–Carolyne Wright. “Darcy Cummings has invented a new, very different, historical fiction about Alice, one that imagines Lewis Carroll’s Alice through the eyes of her older cousin, Maude…. This book clarifies while it bewitches–not only with Alice, but with the process of reading itself”–Jeanne Murray Walker.


Darcy Cummings has an MA in Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Poetry from The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Her book, The Artist As Alice, won the Bright Hills Press Award and was published in 2006; poems have appeared recently in The Drunken Boat, Runes and Natural Bridge, and in the anthologies Orpheus and Company and Not What I Expected. She has received fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Dodge Foundation, and the Virginia Center for the Arts.

Author City: USA